U.S. Navy and Marines conduct Amphibious Assault exercise.
United States USA Date:1961 Duration:3 min 16 sec Sound:Yes
As film begins, U.S. Marine paratroopers are seen jumping from an R4D (Douglas DC-3) transport aircraft. View of the airplane with Marines parachuting from its cargo door. (The aircraft has "QF"and number 17225 stenciled on its tail, and United states Marines on its fuselage.) A marine descending on opened parachute is seen from below. Narrator describes them as "Pathfinders," to establish landing zones. As they hit the ground, the parachuting marines quickly set up homing devices, electronic signals and markers to guide incoming helicopters. The amphibious assault carrier, USS Princeton (LPH-5) is seen underway at sea, with her deck full of marine helicopters. She is accompanied by a transport ship. Closeups of the carrier and helicopters, from low flying helicopter overhead (unseen). Scene shifts to pilots being briefed aboard the ship. Marines in battle dress on the carrier flight deck. They double-time and board their assigned Sikorsky H-34 helicopters. View from inside a helicopter as marines board it. View from helicopter flying above those on flight deck shows those below with their engines running. Deck crew directs launching of the choppers. The H-34s are followed by Sikorsky H-56 helicopters carrying heavy equipment. Several views of them flying near the ship. Formation of helicopters in flight en route to landing areas. Helicopters heading to the beach and landing in formation. Closeup of them landing and marines moving quickly to exit and take up their positions ashore. An artillery piece suspended from a helicopter, being lowered to the ground. A number of views of marines and equipment deploying from helicopters. Scene shifts to landing craft in formation approaching the beach. Explosion occurs on shore.
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